Eighth Grade Orientation was a success! The class of 2021 was welcomed into the high school with a packed agenda. After a brief meet-and-greet activity, students asked questions about High School life to a panel of students and teachers. They participated in a discussion with our School Psychologist, Mrs. Kania and then perused the club fair to find out about and signed up for the exciting activities that we have to offer. Students then attended a class with their upperclassman after which they were escorted to our commons to enjoy a BBQ lunch while listening the the fabulous tunes of the Military Rock Band featuring our own LOLMS, Mr. Hibson. After lunch students were introduced to their Head Class Advisers, Mrs. Fried and Mrs. Trost, and held their first CLASS of 2021 meetings and elections. It was quite an eventful day!
May 15 - 19 was Spirit Week at LOLHS. Here are some more photos of our Wildcat Spirit (twin day and class colors) ... take a look!
On Wednesday, May 24, Natalie Rugg was honored at the 35th Annual Shoreline Writing Contest. Natalie's analysis of "A Woman's Not a Woman till the Pills Wear Off" earned her 2nd place in this category. Additionally, on Friday, Natalie was featured in the Senior Profile section of The Day. The link to the article is below. Take a look!
The Business Department is proud to announce that the following students have successfully demonstrated proficiency in Personal Finance by achieving a passing score on the nationally standardized Financial Literacy Certification Test. Subjects mastered include money, budgeting, banking, credit, insurance, investing, retirement planning, and financial planning and management. The students are officially, nationally Certified Financially Literate! Congratulations to all on the outstanding achievement.
This coming Friday, while the senior class is enjoying their senior trip, LOLHS will welcome our incoming class of 2021. As part of our Eighth Grade Orientation (EGO) students will begin with a "meet and greet" with some upper classmen and faculty followed by a teacher /student panel discussion. They will attend a class with an upperclassman and find out about all the activities the high school has to offer by checking out our club fair. At noon we will all enjoy a BBQ lunch together while listening to the tunes of a Connecticut Military Rock Band featuring our own Mr. Hibson, LOLMS Library Media Specialist. To close the day, all students will partake in their end of year class meeting and class elections ... Eight Graders will meet their Freshman Class Advisers, Mrs Trost and Mrs Fried, and plan the excitement of freshman year after voting in next years class officers! It will be an exciting, informative and successful orientation.
On Friday, May 19, LOLHS students and staff enjoyed our first annual Field Day thanks to the efforts of the Student Leaders and leadership of Mr. Zubek and Mrs. Ressler. We enjoyed a great afternoon with activities that included a bouncy house, a dunk tank, yard games, a photo booth, cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, wii, board games, ping pong, face painting, cake walks, 1 minute activities.... so much fun and and something for everyone! It was lots of fun!
It was an amazing evening on Tuesday evening... the annual spring concert which included performances from the Men's and Women's Ensemble, Select Singers and Concert Chorus. It was truly enjoyable to listen to the talent of our LOLHS choral students. The concert ran the gamete from serious to playful - paying tribute to some of the artists who passed away in 2016 including David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Prince Rogers Nelson and George Michael and then moving to the Beatles, Mama Mia and ending with the fabulous Bohemian Rhapsody! Take a listen to one of the pieces...
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The goal of the lab was to reach the triple point of dry ice (solid carbon dioxide). The triple point is reached when all three phases of matter (solid, liquid, gas) are present at the same time. The phase of matter is determined by a combination of temperature and pressure. The kids increased the pressure by sealing a plastic pipet that contained some dry ice. They could tell when the triple point was reached because they could see the solid melting at the same time the liquid was boiling. If they don't release the pressure it will increase to the point of exploding the pipet. (The activity is done in a cup of water to contain any shards of plastic that may occur but it also helps to see inside the pipet.)
A team of 5 students from Lyme—Old Lyme High School narrowly missed winning the 26th annual Connecticut High School Geography Challenge at UConn in Storrs on Tuesday, May 16. The Connecticut High School Geography Challenge is an annual statewide interscholastic academic team competition hosted by the Connecticut Geographic Alliance. The theme of this year’s highly competitive event was “Fresh Water”.
A team of five students from South Windsor High School won the statewide interscholastic competition, one point ahead of the Fairfield Warde team on a tie breaker question on the day’s final event. Lyme—Old Lyme High School, last year’s winner, finished a close third this year. The Lyme—Old Lyme High School team was composed of Sarah Kwon, Ryan McTigue, Hannah Wisner, Natalie Rugg, and Cole Dushin, and their coach was teacher Glenn Elliott.
Eighteen high school teams from around Connecticut competed in events focused on this year’s theme of “Fresh Water”. In the morning students scoured the central campus in a modified orienteering event or a new geo-caching activity that used GPS technology, read traditional maps and online GIS information in the map reading activity, and hunted for a gang of spies in a virtual scavenger hunt problem-solving activity. In the afternoon all teams competed in a geography quiz bowl in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on campus. These events all had thematic “Fresh Water” related questions for students to solve and answer. Nice work LOLHS Geo Challenge Team!!!
On Monday, May 15, thirteen regional schools convened at Valley Regional High School to celebrate and honor the Shoreline Social Studies Award recipients. Connecticut's Lieutenant Governor, Nancy Wymen presented the awards.
OLHS is proud to present the Shoreline Excellence in Social Studies Award to Hannah Wisner. Hannah has achieved outstanding excellence in social studies for the past three years. She is an incredible writer and she is always questioning. She is a member of the National Honor Society, participates on the Debate team and with the Geography Bee, and holds an officer position in Community Service Club. Both Ms. Hylas and Mr. D’Aquila agree that what sets Hannah apart is her willingness to share her knowledge and her commitment to lift up all learners in the classroom. Hannah is a true role model and is well deserving of this award. Congratulations Hannah!
Thank you to the junior class for putting on a successful prom! Student arrived transformed... take a look at some of the pictures:
The National Honor Society recognizes outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. According to the NHS constitution, the purpose of this organization is "to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools"
On Thursday evening students were inducted into Lyme-Old Lyme's Chapter of the National Honor Society. Last years inductees presented this years group by reading a brief biography of each student. It was an impressive ceremony! Congratulations to all newly inducted NHS students!
Congratulations to Kiley Almy for being named Rotary's May Student of the Month for Business. Kiley was selected due to her excellence in the field. She has demonstrated exemplary work in all of her business classes due to her attention to detail and pure enjoyment of learning the material. By the end of her senior year, she will have exhausted all of the business opportunities that LOLHS has to offer. This is a path Kiley is excited to continue to explore in college. Way to go Kiley!
The Lyme-old Lyme High School Robotics Team, recently participated in the National FIRST Championship in St. Louis Missouri. The competition featured nearly 600 teams from 33 Countries and 15,000 students participating in a four-day event. In both events, Lyme-Old Lyme students performed exceptionally, and were selected to participate in the division finals.
The robotics contest asks students to design and build a robot to compete in a competition that varies in its task each year. For example, this year’s task involved picking up Whiffle balls and shooting them through a target 7’ high. The robot also needed to climb a rope and deliver gear shaped game pieces to a hook on the playing field. Students need to complete the design-and-build process in a tight six- week window. Not only does the robot need to operate by remote control, but it also must be able to work autonomously, that is, under its own control through programming. Laura Lee Wayland, one of the operators and a team engineer at the Championship, said of the recent competition, “Our robot effectively utilized all components in a seamless manner. This allowed us to compete among the best robots in the world”.
The robot is constructed in the high school’s Technology and Engineering lab and includes student teams designing and building various systems, such as drive motors and transmissions or control systems. The process asks students to work together and employ engineering skills to solve complex problems. Students utilize skills such as, computer-aided design, machining, programming, wiring and, of course, teamwork. Students also work with real engineers, machinists, and technicians on the team, learning skills and getting introduced to what these careers can offer. Mr. Goss, one of the teachers that helps mentor the team said, “The program does a great job of immersing students in the engineering process. From design to build to testing, they experience the full process.”
Hayden Hendrik, a senior on the team said, “It was a good experience learning to prototype a part for the robot and then reengineer it to make it better. What I like most about the process is how everyone, including students and mentors, works together to solve a problem”.
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The AP Biology class at LOLHS has been pet sitting three genetically modified axolotls for Dr. Zimmer from Connecticut College since September. Axolotls are salamanders from Mexico and wild stocks are currently considered endangered. Axolotls exhibit a developmental characteristics known as neotony in which adult animals retain juvenile characteristics, in this case, external gills (the pink fluff around the head). Captive breed axolotls are a major part of the amphibian pet trade in the United States, and come in a variety of color patterns. Genetically modified axolotls are used in biomedical research to investigate tissue development and regeneration.
In January, the AP Biology class was given a fourth axolotl as a permanent class specimen. All four animals have had glowing protein genes, either green fluorescent protein (GFP) or red fluorescent protein (RFP), inserted into their genome. In February, the class attempted a mating of a female GPF and a male RFP to learn more about axolotl development and patterns of inheritance. Four of the offspring were raised to juvenile size and inheritance of the GFP and RFP was analyzed. A second mating in April is now being grown out and the offspring will be used by the 2017-18 AP Biology class to further investigate animal development and patterns of inheritance. Animals that are not adopted by students will be donated to science classrooms around the state.
The last weekend in April Elizabeth Cravinho traveled to Michigan to compete at the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Eastern Nationals in Lansing. Elizabeth placed fourth on vault with a score of 9.5 earning her a National bronze medal!
In order to qualify for the National Championship, Elizabeth placed 1st in the All-around ("AA") at the CT state championships and 6th in the AA at the Regional championship. Well done Elizabeth!
The Math Team Awards Ceremony was held at Xavier HS. At this ceremony both the Varsity and JV Math Teams were recognized as League Champions for scoring the highest over a total of 8 matches for the Varsity and 4 matches for the JV. In addition junior Reed Spitzer was recognized as the highest scoring junior, freshman Ryan McTigue was recognized for being the 3rd highest scorer in the sophomore/ freshmen category and Ted Wayland was recognized for scoring 3rd highest among JV freshmen.
The Business/Computer department takes great pride in congratulating programming student, Peyton Ogden for being selected to participate in Pfizer's summer internship program. The internship program involves students who are interested in pursuing information technology in college. This is the second year the department has had students selected for this program.
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